Yarmouth Sailing Club sits next to the swing bridge over the River Yar at the western end of the Isle of Wight. It’s a friendly, informal, inclusive club with between 800 and 900 members run entirely on a volunteer basis. A welcome is always extended to visiting yachtsmen.

There is a very active sailing membership and weekly racing is laid on for Scows, Optimists and Handicap Class (Pico, Laser 4.7, Topper, Mirror, etc). Races take place both in the river and in the Solent and, weather permitting, we run passage races and picnic trips further afield, to Keyhaven, Totland, Newtown, etc.


Non-competitive sailors run Simply Sailing, which is a group organising events like picnic trips in the river and the Solent.  Read more about them under the Sailing section.  There is also a regular programme of ‘quiet sails’ in the river for those who enjoy independent sailing in a less competitive atmosphere.

In 2010 we gained recognition as an RYA (Royal Yachting Association – sailing’s governing body in the UK) Training Centre. There is training for junior members in the Easter holidays, in the summer half-term, and in the summer holidays. After school training is offered to local children during the summer term, and there are a number of adult training days during the summer. Read more in the ‘Junior Sailing’ and ‘Training’ sections under ‘Sailing’.

Members may hire club dinghies – we have 1 RS Feva, 2 RS Quests, 2 Scows, 1 Wanderer and 7 Picos for hire at £10 per session (£50 per month) per boat, and for younger children 3 RS Teras and 6 training Oppies at £5 per session (£25 per month) per boat.  They can be hired by contacting Melinda Measor (n.measor@btinternet.com,01983 760462) for a password and accessing the booking diary via the Sailing – Dinghy Bookings section of this website.

Other events include an annual 2-day Regatta, open evenings and Scows Week – a week of racing and social events in the river and the Solent for GRP and wooden Scows.

The bar, run by members, is open for lunch on Sundays (12 – 2 pm) throughout the year, and during social events. It is also open from 6.15 – 9.00 p.m. on Friday evenings between Easter and December.  Visiting yachtsmen are very welcome.

A varied winter programme of popular social events is arranged (see Social page) and several special interest groups meet in the club:

Male Voice Choir – the Slipshod Singers – some members of the Club participate in our renowned male voice choir, which rehearses on Tuesday evenings from September to May and gives many concerts throughout the year.   New singers are always welcome – for more information see www.slipshods.co.uk.

Reading Group – a newer venture is our Book Club, which meets at 12.30 on the last Thursday of each month.  Tea and coffee are provided, the bar is open, and members are asked to bring a light lunch to share.  Details of their activities are to be seen on the club’s Facebook page and in the Calendar section of this website.  Contact Shirley Peters (01983 755392) if you would like to know more.

Art Group – our Painting Group normally meets at 2 pm on Tuesday afternoons in the winter months and welcomes newcomers.  If you are interested, please contact Mary Lord (01983 760706, marylord123@gmail.com).

Fundraising – If you shop online, you can raise money for the club by logging on to easyfundraising.org.uk and naming your preferred charity as Get Kids Sailing at Yarmouth Sailing Club.  Every time you shop at one of their participating stores, a small sum of money comes to the club.

Club Officers

Commodore Geoff Witt
Vice Commodore Liz Mead
Rear Commodore Sailing Vacant
Rear Commodore House Vacant
Honorary Secretary Vacant
Honorary Treasurer Rhod Powell

If you’d like to join the club, come along and ask for a form, download one from the membership page on this website, or contact the Membership Secretary, Melinda Measor (01983 760462, n.measor@btinternet.com).

Rallies Package in partnership with Yarmouth Harbour

We offer rallies coming to Yarmouth Harbour an opportunity to use the club for social gatherings (drinks parties, dinners, barbecues, etc.), when we can arrange catering for them, provide a marquee, etc.   Any group wanting to take advantage of this offer should contact  Sue Tribe (01983 754494, suetribe2@gmail.com).


The Club’s Health, Safety & Security Procedures

You can download a document on this subject from here:

Health, Safety & Security Policy & Procedures MZM 6 Sep 16